The One Chance Newcastle Have Is To Splash The Cash

21 points from 23 games is the worst we have ever done in the Premier League after this number of games played – although it’s exactly what we had three years ago when we also happened to be in the Europa League.

Three years ago we were in 16th place in the league table with 21 points and had a goal difference of -13 compared to the -16 we have now.

We has just lost 2-1 to Reading at home and they were 3rd bottom on 19 points and the following week we brough in Sissoko, Gouffran, Haidara and Yanga-Mbiwa.

Mathieu Debuchy had been signed earlier that January.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

Mike Ashley – last May on Sky Sports
At that time Mike said we will make our own luck from now on

What happened then was that just over six months after finishing 5th in the Premier League we were battling relegation and the main reason for that was that we brought in only one new player – Vurnon Anita – even though we ended up playing 14 more games in the Europa League and it simply decimated the squad.

Since we are only 3 points from safety at the moment when you consider our goal difference – we have the 3rd worst in the division –  then one way we could possibly escape relegation is to payout the money for Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino – and of course even then it will not guarantee we can avoid the drop.

But rather than argue over a couple of million for Townsend we should pay up and the same for Berahino – or else face the consequences of losing out on around £135M every May with the new Premier League rights deal which kicks in this June.

With every defeat like today relegation becomes more real.

We know Mike Ashley is only motivated to keep Newcastle in the Premier League and because we have limited ambition in aiming only for a top ten finish – we have been fighting relegation for three of the last four seasons.

It’s now all coming back to bite us.

It would be a complete and utter disaster if Newcastle are relegated again from the Premier League – but make no mistake – given our propensity to lose games – it’s becoming an ever more real possibility.

Splash the cash now Mike – or lose out on all the Premier League money – it seems as simple as that.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Evening jesper

    Failure is its own reward at NUFC.

  • manxpie

    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #2

    thauvin won’t be risked we might get some money back on him
    as for aarons people think hes the saviour after doing fusk all really apart from being injured he needs a new contract and then sent out on loan would much rather have a hungry townsend on the bench than someone who you really can’t rely on or thauvin


    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Still making our own luck I see

  • AncientC

    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Saivet had a 55% pass completion, the worst on the pitch out of both sides. His positional sense looked quite good, to be fair to him.

  • mfw13

    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s pretty hard to win matches when you can’t keep the ball out of your own net.

    We’re conceding roughly two goals a game on average….yet there hasn’t even been a hint of signing better defenders during the January transfer window.

    We don’t need a winger like Townsend, we need better defenders…

  • juan

    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Mcclaren is only manager in bottom 4 who ain’t been replaced. Please get rid of the clueless tactition

  • manxpie

    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #7

    it annoys me how the media banged on about how bad liverpools and west hams injury list was and not a mention of how bad ours is and we’re the ones in the bottom 3 with a paper thin squad anyways!
    they both have huge squads
    if dummet was fit today i dont think we would have lost
    maybe aarons starting was a message to ashley we need a new winger!!!

  • reilly

    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #8

    or splash the cash on a decent manager.
    push the boat out for rafa.
    mcclaren will take us down,todayy he changed the formation and the players looked lost.

  • toon kk

    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s not all Macca, who’s our top striker?
    How many goals actually come from our striker’s?
    Our striker’s miss so many scoring chances it’s unbelievable.
    It doesn’t matter who managed our club if you can’t get goals we’ll never win.
    It all boils down to no cutting edge in front of goal and has since Remy left.

  • toonluvva

    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Please forget any notion that NUFC as any ambition to get into the top ten. Anywhere above 17th is a bonus for Mr Ashley.

    We are in desperate need of a couple of decent defenders to keep our tally of goals conceded down.

    I believe that a solid defence gives extra confidence to the attacking midfielders, wingers and strikers to get on with their jobs upfront.

    So in a sense todays defeat has a small positive, it keeps us in the relegation zone and Mr Ashley has to keep that in mind. Had we won, he would have shut and locked his wallet until the mid-season. By then we might have been a Championship side!

  • juan

    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon kk
    There wouldn’t be 1 other premier league club who would have even looked at mcclaren. Our strikers may not be performing but why leave Perez out when he scored last week??? Mitrovic does everything apart from score. I’m not even sure if we got berahino and Townsend we’d stay up. Centre half and left back as well.

  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Scoring and getting the win for his new club Charlie Austin would’ve been cheap at £15m

    Too much attention to counting the pennies when millions in revenue are lost next year

  • Premiership Manager

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #13

    We lost today because McClaren got the team wrong from the start and because we were missing a proven holding midfielder i.e. Colback or Tiote.

    Perez should never been on the bench, not in a million years and Shelvey should have had his backside kicked as his passing was poor but more importantly he was in strole mode, i.e. I won’t break a sweat and walk when I haven’t got the ball at my feet.

    He has the potential to be one of our best players but no effort = no output. McClaren also needs to make sure the other players use Shelvey because he could be a good player for us but he needs to be involved throughout the match not just when he feels like it.

    Not happy because it is a match that again we could have won. I’m not going to slate McClaren because we are getting there but we are quickly running out of time

  • Premiership Manager

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Forgot to add we should forget Townsend and spend the money on a RB/LB playing 3 CB’s does not work. If we get a RB Janmaat can be released to play up the pitch as a winger as he has all the skills, loves attacking + he can defend unlike Townsend.

  • NoahJ

    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #15

    I think (and pray) that Ashley will panic, and will splash out on a top striker this month.

  • goalseeker

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #16

    How can we avoid relegation when you drop a goalscorer to keep on a player who is just not interested cannot hit the net from 6 yards out and is totally not bothered the expression on this wonder kids face tells it all after such a short while he strolls around disinterested. 4 goals in 24 matches he’s not a striker he’s on strike. For goodness sake get in a striker who has premiership experience and can hit the ground running what on earth is going on at board level. We talked about Austin for two years but as normal that’s all that was done at 15 million he was cheap if he puts the ball in the back of the net can nobody but the supporters see that. And for Mc Claren to say we played fantastic and will stay up if we play like that did he not realise that Watford scored two goals to our one if we play like that we are going down you numpty


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